RIGHT WITH GOD…

English: St. Paul's, London. One of Sir Christ...

St. Paul’s, London. One of Sir Christopher Wren’s Masterpieces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RIGHT WITH GOD
“Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.”
– Paul’s Letter to the Romans 5: 1-5
(Good News Bible)

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SUNDAY HEALING

Monastery of Saint Anthony, Egypt Français : L...

Monastery of Saint Anthony, Egypt Français : Le monastère Saint-Antoine, en Égypte. Nederlands: Het klooster van Sint-Antonius, in Egypte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a pew into which I sat with a red missal in my lap

It lay open in my hands to the readings

The holy Anthony at my side, I found myself in a subtle place

At first there were the usual entreaties to God in my chattering mind

Then there were only words from the source

These:  Love, faith, hope, peace

My hands were a vessel into which they poured

And after a while I couldn’t feel them any more

I had only an awareness of self

I would have visited for a longer time

Had a tear not emerged from the inner recesses of my right eye

To explode down my cheek

It willed me to open that eye, to look for something to wipe it with

And only then did I realise how far I had gone into silence

Into that space which is short of me and the other –

And I noticed my book, still weightless

in the palms of my hands still open for more –

But the mass had ended.

© Millicent Danker
30 September 2012

“My Lord God,…

Ronald E. Powaski has written about the Trappi...

Ronald E. Powaski has written about the Trappist monk, peace activist, and writer, Thomas Merton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain
Where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
That I am following Your Will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that
The desire to please You
Does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing…”.
(Thomas Merton, 1915-1968)

SOUL REFLECTIONS

English: Reflections

English: Reflections (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The pain of loss

The fear of gain.

Whither our soul?

Where our shame?

Our coloured nation

of shared horizon

belittled awhile

by wrong coalition.

As we weep and mourn

in a valley of tears

We learn to trust

God sees and hears.

So time will tell

the ground may swell

and fill the hole;

We can be whole

Again.

© Millicent Danker

6 May 2013